By Keith Hackett

21st Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Wolves must take 'responsibility' for Jimenez behaviour after incident

Wolves must take “responsibility” for Raul Jimenez’s safety after the striker removed his head guard in the defeat to Brentford.

That is according to former Premier League referee Keith Hackett who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted officials are unlikely to step in if a player takes off protective gear.

Jimenez removed his head guard, which he wears after suffering a fractured skull last season, in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 loss.

He proceeded to play without protection for the rest of the game.

Manager Bruno Lage, as quoted by the Independent, claimed it was an act of “frustration”.

Hackett insisted duty of care falls to the clubs, not referees, when protective equipment is being used.

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Hackett told Football Insider’s Connor Whitley: “First of all, when a player’s going to wear some form of mask or head guard, that is highlighted, usually, before the game and acknowledged by the referee that it fits the criteria of safety.

“That’s what we had to do when Petr Cech got his skullcap.

“Provided, when taking it off, he doesn’t throw it at an opponent or anything else, it’s difficult for the referee to get involved. You don’t want that object on the field.

“This is more about the actual club’s responsibility. It gets to a fine point about the concussion of the player at Villa (McGinn).”

Jimenez, 30, has played every minute of Wolves’ five Premier League matches so far this season.

However, he is yet to contribute a goal or an assist since returning from his head injury.

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